Musical learning can begin at any age!
For babies and children under 5 years old
Attending group lessons with a parent is a great way to introduce musical concepts into your everyday routine. Most young child classes focus on the building blocks of music: feeling various rhythms by dancing or clapping to a beat; singing songs with simple melodies to encourage toddlers to vocalize; using small props like scarves or egg shakers as visual representations of the music being played or sung.
For children 5 and up
Private or group lessons in piano or violin are recommended. These lessons usually occur without parental participation, and group sizes average 3-8. While some children find piano to be easier to play, learning either instrument will help build the fundamentals of basic music theory, like note names and values, and how to read a staff. For more information on group lessons, tap here.
For children 7 and up
The guitar, drums, or additional string instruments, such as the viola or cello, may be introduced. Private lessons are more common for these instruments. Many children find learning a new instrument easier if they have had piano training in the past. However, beginning any instrument will require adjustment and review of musical basics.
For middle & high school students
Many schools have ensembles like band, orchestra, and choir that are wonderful and important additions to the core curriculum. Many students will chose to continue private lessons (now including wind & brass instruments) in tandem with their school ensembles. Private voice lessons may also begin for children 13 and up. In general, voice lessons are most beneficial after a child has entered puberty, but can be useful for younger students who want to learn musical concepts without choosing an instrument.
Any time is a great time to start lessons! It’s never too late to learn an instrument or start singing.